Barnabas brought him to the apostles and explained to them how Saul had seen the Lord on the road and that the Lord had talked to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus (v. 27).
Be a Barnabas.
Everyone has the potential to become an encourager. You don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to be a genius. You don’t have to have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and initiate.
–John C. Maxwell
It had been a bad couple of weeks around church. There was one member who had been on my case saying that I should be fired as the pastor. He even went so far as to write a letter to the elders stating his reasons. The elders scheduled a meeting to hear him out and talk through his letter. I went into the meeting not knowing what to expect. I was still relatively new to the church and wasn’t sure how they would react. Would they side with him or come to my defense? Moments before the meeting, I was in my office when the chairman of the elder board walked in. He leaned back against the corner of my desk, gently folded his arms over his chest, and smiled at me. He told me that everything was going to be OK and that he and the rest of the board had my back. It was such an encouragement to know that they would defend me. I had a newfound confidence as we walked into the meeting together.
In Acts 9, shortly after Saul’s conversion, he tried to join up with the other disciples in Jerusalem, but he was rejected instead. They were still afraid of him and unsure if he was a legitimate convert. But Barnabas, whose name means “son of encouragement,” came to Saul’s defense. He believed in Saul and advocated for him in front of the apostles.
It can be discouraging to face rejection and accusation. Believing in someone when others don’t gives that person strength to walk through hard circumstances. Be on the lookout today for someone to whom you can be a Barnabas.
▪ Read: Acts 9:19-31.
▪ When was the last time you received some needed encouragement? How did it affect you?
▪ Who may need your encouragement? Who needs you to believe in them?
Pray: Pray that God would give you eyes to see those whom you can encourage today.